Effects of swarm type on temporal caste polyethism in the honey bee,Apis mellifera L. (Hymenoptera: Apidae)

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The performance of two tasks, wax production and foraging, was compared between colonies founded by prime swarms and afterswarms of honey bees. Workers began foraging at older ages in afterswarms and this delay was generally coupled with a longer duration of wax production. Differences in task performance between swarm types demonstrate the integration of a… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/BF02223814

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